For the last 20 years Paul Rosevear’s musical aim has remained the same: to connect with others through a great song, well sung. Along the way, he’s supported artists ranging from Joan Baez to Stone Temple Pilots, licensed his songs to major networks like MTV and The CW Network, penned innumerable jingles in adland, and proudly served spaghetti and meatballs to Ric Ocasek while interning at NYC’s legendary Magic Shop recording studio. His latest solo release is entitled “Pearl,” and his latest band release is The Vice Rags' self-titled EP. Paul also teaches songwriting at Lakehouse Music Academy in Asbury Park.
Dubbed a “Renaissance Man” by the New York Post, Val Emmich is a singer-songwriter, actor and published novelist. With over a dozen albums released, the Star-Ledger has called him “one of the finest songwriters in the Garden State, [and] also one of the most prolific.” He has had recurring acting roles on Vinyl (HBO) and Ugly Betty (ABC), as well as a memorable guest role as Liz Lemon’s coffee-boy fling, Jamie, on NBC’s 30 Rock. His debut novel, The Reminders, was a B&N Discover selection and an Amazon Book of the Month. He lives in Jersey City Heights.
"Connie Petruk looks like she stepped out of late ’60s/early ’70s Nashville and sings like the lost sister of Bobbie Gentry or Dusty Springfield. Her honeyed alto will melt the frost off your windshield. The Tall Pines are equal parts soul and twang, molasses and moonshine, sass and skill. The songs, all written by Christmas Davis, evoke the heyday of the country-soul hybrid without ever sounding unoriginal, a difficult feat.”
~ Meredith Ochs: NPR
Chrissi Poland and Ari Hest are New York based singer songwriters who have release several albums independently as solo artists, and one record under the name Bluebirds of Paradise together. A Brazilian-infused collection of original duets that conjure memories of Jobim, their album "In A Night" has been featured on WFUV's radio show On Your Radar. They have traveled the world and played with an array of artists including Sting, Jackson Browne, Judy Collins, Sheryl Crowe, Moby, Mavis Staples and more.
Anthony Tamburro is born and bred Jersey, and the influence of the area’s bluesy rock tradition can be felt in the pulse of his debut album, Alaska. But Tamburro’s poignancy is all his own, and we are drawn in to his story teller lyrics.
"Reminiscent of Springsteen and Dylan, Anthony Tamburro is an american story teller. His lyrics are filled with imagery of a time and place, breathing familiarity, allowing the listener to nestle into his songs. His rich, sometimes gritty vocals add that perfect “working class” spirit to his songs. ...songs with just the right amount of grease."
NYC Blues Hall of Fame
An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.
Featured Artist: Forget the Whale
Showcase Artists: TBA
About the Feature Artist: Forget the Whale, a four piece hailing primarily from the 6th Borough, America’s Golden Door, Jersey City, includes members Alishia Taiping (lead vocals, bass) Dan Pieraccini (bass, keys, vocals), Peter Durning (guitar, harmonica) and AJ Zienowicz (drums, vocals). It’s been said, of all the things Forget the Whale has, a ‘sound’ is not one of them. It’s not that they have no sound: blues, rock, alternative, R&B, country, funk and nu-metal all become ingredients for Forget the Whale’s veritable witches’ brew. One new convert from Brooklyn said, “Every song is completely different. You never know what’s going to happen next.” Let’s find out.
About Spaghetti Sessions Performing Songwriter Workshop: Since 2011, the Spaghetti Sessions has held their monthly songwriter workshop in downtown Jersey City. Musicians perform to a roomful of their peers who offer insights and feedback on the works-in-progress. Over the years, the Sessions have fostered a growing community of musicians, many of whom have gone on to become established artists throughout the JC area and beyond.
Psycho-Mambo band pioneers Gato Loco will be playing in Jersey City for the first time! Come hear that band that "reveals the unsuspected connections between the origins of mambo and the abstraction of free jazz, while a battalion of percussion and lascivious guitars shakes the audience into a betwitching frenzy." (Arte Live). 2 sets, between 10 & 12
ELIZA NEALS a dynamic front woman, multi-talented musician, prolific songwriter, confident producer and powerhouse outstanding live performer is “returning the magic back to Blues-Rock with mind-blowing live performances and Top of the Charts recordings.”
Eliza sings with unearthly passion and velvety grit, effortlessly pushing air to new heights, and her operatically trained voice has been called both sexy and menacing. None of this is surprising, of course, since Eliza studied with Motown Legend Barrett Strong and could rightfully be called the last of the truly trained MOTOWN singers.
Bred on the northern banks of the Delaware River, Bovine Social Club is a grassy, twangy, swinging breed of Americana sounds sure to get your dancing cow on. One wicked lineup of seasoned jam musicians backs the thoughful lyrics of vocalist, philosopher, memoirist and former monk, Samuel Saint Thomas. The Bovines' carefully crafted twangrass songs of longing, loving, picnicking, gardening, confessing, and making the days go slow have sure become something to moo about.
Produced by Railroad Earth's Tim Carbone and happily fertilized by country, bluegrass, folk, and Juju vocabularies, their self titled debut charted at #7 on the Roots Charts and #37 on the International Americana charts. BSC is one of the fastest growing and most highly respected new Americana bands in the Northeast, sharing some of the finest festival and concert stages with some of the finest talent. Bovine Social Club continues to grow their musical family while each new performance becomes another great experience for their avid fans.
Jaime Rose at 10pm
Jaime Rose offers lyrical rock with strong melodies. The music is dense and honest. It features a thick low end from bassist Jaime De Jesus, intricate and thoughtful guitar from Max Feinstein and a full, solid drum foundation and detailed percussion from Johnny Roccesano. The songs represent a dynamic period of change for Jaime, who is more often associated as the lead singer of The Fave.
Debra Devi at 11pm
Debra Devi w/ Rob Clores (keys), Max Feinstein (bass), John Roccesano (drums).
"Debra Devi's compelling voice reminds us of Sheryl Crow while her guitar playing brings to mind the incomparable Jimi Hendrix." Metal Hammer
“Devi is a supersonic fret-burner with a deep feel who also writes hauntingly memorable songs." JamBase
Swingadelic will be performing as a quartet for this evening:
Musicians: John Bauers, Bill Easley, Colby Inzer & Dave Post
Swingadelic began in 1998 as the neo-swing movement was cresting. Upright bassist Dave Post gathered his jazz & blues playing friends together to play engagements at New York City's Supper Club, Swing 46 and Windows On The World, the former restaurant atop of the World Trade Center. As the swing scene waned the band was able to turn to swing dance groups, concerts, festivals, schools and private engagements to keep active.
Guitarist Smokey Hormel's touring and recording career includes work with Tom Waits, Beck, Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer, Neil Diamond, Norah Jones and Adele, among many others. He explores American Roots music, Western Swing, Bossa Nova, and African music in both his work as a sideman as well as with his own musical endeavors Smokey's Secret Family and Smokey's Round‑up.
The Ray Corvair Trio were formed in Boston 20 years ago and have been going strong ever since. Equal parts surf rock, 60's spy movie soundtracks, and Las Vegas Grind style striptease numbers are their signature cocktail. This instrumental trio delights audiences as they veer from James Bond jazzy sophistication to sleazoid burlesque tunes and surf rave ups!
Red House Records recording artist Cliff Eberhardt performs acoustic country blues and pop. "In another age, Mr. Eberhardt would have found his niche on Tin Pan Alley or writing for Broadway shows. His songs display the highest level of craftsmanship, his guitar playing is superb and his singing deeply emotional." - The Washington Times
“ When I heard that Joy was going back to her roots in the Northeast of England, and recording with a traditional English brass band, I expected something very English and nostalgic . . . which this album is. But it’s not only that; it’s also surprisingly contemporary, or rather, timeless. As in timelessly beautiful songs, singing, and arrangements. “
"Joy spellbound the audience at Bar LunÁtico, fronting a stellar New York City brass ensemble. They played the entire record ~ an ambitious undertaking which was rendered impeccably. The title track is simply unstoppable. We made them play it twice."